Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Bump And Run Trade Mail Day!

Recently I was contacted by Trevor over at Bump and Run Football Cards Blog about doing a PWE trade. It took me awhile to get some stuff together for him as the searching can sometimes be a process, but I was able to send him some stuff and was blown away yesterday by what he sent me.

It was one of those moments I hoped to had sent enough as the amount of cards I sent really differed. It appears I need to be taught the ropes on how to send a well packed PWE of goodies. Something he and Gavin both know really well.

Up first, some G-Men. I really liked the Gridiron release. I wished Panini could had done that again. The photography in the set was amazing. The Fleer Sherrard brings me back to when I first started buying more football. I bought a ton of that product. I owned every insert set because of it.

Shiny and NY Giants, SCORE! New Randle for my PC as well. Wonder what he is doing this year??..Anyways, marks Randle number 105.
More Giants and a well fitting parallel in Rookie and Stars with True Blue. I surprisingly didn't have the Jason Seahorn or the Tyrone Wheatley from the 90's.

Speaking of the 90's, loved these! Phillips never really panned out, unless you are talking prison, but the card is really cool. The Hilliard/Westbrook insert not only rocks, but it's shiny!

This is an insert I have wanted a card of for years!! I saw it on Trevor's box break of 1997 Zenith Football and had to request for it. Very cool lenticular motion!

I also went and checked out his cards for trade. I never realized I lacked this Griffey from my collection. 1997 New Pinnacle. Griffey number 828.

And to close out the mail day, I really needed a Shane Vereen auto. It's in that bloody awful Patriots uniform, but I still like it. Just gotta put my thumb over their helmet as I am right now.
A big thanks goes out to Trevor for these awesome card adds and for expanding my trade circle.. I look forward to another trade in the future and next time I plan on sending a few extra cards.
Be sure to check out his blog as well. Great stuff going on over at Bump and Run Football Cards Blog.

Thoughts on my mail day are welcomed below!

Project Pedro Trade Recap Part 22:Hall Of Gold, Well Brown

I don't own a lot of vintage or vintage players for that matter, so earlier in this trade when I added Walter Payton I decided I needed more vintage players so why not Jim Brown of the Browns?

The card also looks nice and is numbered. Not to mention, you don't find much of his stuff out there.
Thoughts on today' card and Jim Brown are welcomed below!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Project Pedro Trade Recap Part 21:1999 Topps Gold Label Football Hobby Box Break

Elegant. Shiny. Appealing. Collectible. Rare.

These are just some of the words I can use to describe Topps Gold Label. I bought a good amount back in my day but never a box. The product was way too high end for me and my wallet. But, now, prices are a bit more steady and taking a risk on something like this is worth it.

It also seems fitting that I put this up today as Topps has revived the brand for baseball which releases today.

Every box of 1999 Topps Gold Label football hobby comes with 24 packs of 5 cards. Boxes run under $40 so it's a good buy especially if you pull some of the rarer cards or just like the shiny goodness cause....

Even the wrappers are shiny.....

The base cards can be a bit confusing at times if you are new to Gold Label with the many different levels. But, it's really easy to tell the difference, just look on the back. Class 1 are the base, Class 2 are tougher and Class 3 are the toughest. I put them in order from left to right. Each player has a card in each class and each photo is different.

Base cards as a whole however, look amazing and are printed on some nice thick card stock.

You can see that here in the beginning of my Tim Couch Class Rainbow. This is Class 1 and 2.

The base cards also have parallels. These are Black Label. It's hard to see it, but the gold names are darker or what they call Black. Got a McNabb so that was a pretty solid find not that Johnson or Flutie are terrible.
Here is a base card parallel next to a black to help you see it better. It's also a nice PC find for me. On the left is the base and the Black Label is on the right. There are also much tougher Red Label variations to find that I believe are numbered to 100 or less depending on the Class.

The inserts are pretty snazzy in the product to as it follows suit of the rest of it.

These also have parallels and all have a theme of chasing someone's records.

Chasing Walter Payton is here. Barry and TD, not going to complain.
Chasing Jerry Rice. I think I know a Packers fan that may request this card.
Eric Moulds is an parallel Black Label that falls 1:40 packs also alongside the base version.

Chasing Dan Marino. Can't go wrong with Brett.
Jake Plummer is the Black Label parallel that falls 1:40 packs next to his base. Wished it had been the Favre but I was always a fan of Jake The Snake so not too shabby.
Overall, I think I got my money worth. It's sometimes not always about the money either. Just the nostalgia and the fun is more valuable then anything else which is the way I feel about the hobby as a whole. For those of you who haven't gone back to break something in the beginning of your collecting career, I strongly recommend it. It's really refreshing and puts a perspective on how much collecting has changed to today.
I am not saying I started collecting in 1999 as I started in 1993, but just busting this simple product was fun but made me realize how much emphasis everyone puts on hits in a product today. It's actually quite sad.

Thoughts on today's break or Gold Label in general are welcomed below.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Project Pedro Trade Recap Part 20:Printing Plate Autographs

October has officially been named, Cards I Got From Project Pedro Blog Month.

Today's 2-card lot are a continuation from when I discussed collecting Printing Plates. However, this time they are autographed and mark only my 2nd and 3rd like this.

I also said I collect them no matter the player.....

But, sometimes it's nice to add a good player too. If you can't tell who this is, this is Ryan Fitzpatrick back when he was QB for the Bills.
Was excited to add a couple more of these to my Printing Plate PC.

Thoughts on today's cards and whether you own a Printing Plate autograph and who are welcomed below!

Another box break coming up tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Project Pedro Trade Recap Part 19:Double Sweetness

October has officially been named, Cards I Got From Project Pedro Blog Month.

Today not only marks the 19th post of this series, but it also marks my wife and I's 14th anniversary. So I guess I could have called this post Triple Sweetness.

But, when you think of the word Sweetness if Walter Payton doesn't come to mind first (I mean it's second to me because of my wife), then you haven't ever seen him run.
Up to this point I didn't own anything but a few newer base cards of Walter Payton and really wanted to change that. I am still in the need for his rookie card too but it's out of my league to buy.

So I got these two that are numbered in the trade. I really like the Gold Label one (wished my picture had come out better).

Thoughts on today's cards and your thoughts on where you rank Walter on your Top All-Time Running Back list are welcomed below!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Project Pedro Trade Recap Part 18:1999 Collectors Edge First Place Football Hobby Box Break

October has officially been named, Cards I Got From Project Pedro Blog Month.

I picked out this box for two reasons, one for cost and two for the autograph.

 First Place comes with 24 packs and 5 cards per pack. Boxes run around $25 so you can't go wrong.

The base set looks great in First Place. Crystal Clear photography, no border and action shots. I pulled most of the key rookies including Edge James and Donovan McNabb.

This is what you call a bonus. These were chop-offs I found stuck to this Duce Staley base card.
Does it mean the box is lucky? Well continue on...
Gold Ingot  (the Faulk) fall 1:1  and the Rookies like Bailey fall 1:6

Successors fall 1:12 . Bad call here for both players for who they were supposed to be. However, great design on the cards.

Future Legends fall 1:6. Got a couple of good players here.

Loud & Proud fall 1:12. Nailed two good ones here.

Adrenalyne I couldn't find odds on but these are numbered and printed on an acetate-type stock.

And autographs are supposed to be one-per-box on average but it seems they don't fall every box. I did pull one of someone I have never heard of. These are 1:24 packs, look nice and are on-card. But, the checklist is full of bums lol.
Overall, I feel it's worth the $25 and I was left wanting more hoping the next pack would be a top notch autograph or cool insert. I wouldn't have minded pulling a Game Gear card either featuring game used material.
Thoughts on today's break?

Monday, October 17, 2016

Winner Of The 2016 Topps Heritage Minors Auto Contest!

Another contest is in the books. Nobody guessed the number right on and a few were close but over. Only one was within 4.....
And here is that comment. The final one on the contest.
Steve Perry October 16, 2016 at 8:56 PM


Congrats to Steve Perry who takes home the autographed card! Please email within the next 48 hours with the subject line MILB Winner to claim your prize! If not, it will be re-given away in a future contest.

Thanks to everyone who entered! There is currently one more contest going on so click on the link to the right of the blog to enter! Good Luck!

Project Pedro Trade Recap Part 17:1996 Summit Football Hobby Box Break

October has officially been named, Cards I Got From Project Pedro Blog Month.

In 1995, I fell in love with Summit football. The base design was spectacular and the cards were thick, the inserts looked great, and that was enough for me to keep going back for more. Including a box I busted just last year.

In 1996, I couldn't find much locally so I didn't get to bust as much. Luckily boxes are really affordable now and lucky for me I was able to bust one in this trade.

1996 Summit hobby boxes came with 18 packs and 7 cards per pack. Boxes now run under $20.

Like I said, I haven't busted much so when I opened it up and found a box topper, I got excited....

Inside of the envelop was this cool Deion Sanders parallel along with a congrats certificate.

The base cards were not as impressive as 1995 with the black background instead of the white. But, not bad. I did pull most of the key rookies including HOFer Marvin Harrison.

Had to showcase this cause of the photo and the fact he is a Giant.

The subset of Quarter Horse featuring popular QB's like my guy Kerry Collins, looks really nice with a four quarter (get it) colored look.

 Insert time. It seems they do the overall inserts at 1:4 packs no matter which insert you get.

Now onto one of my favorite parts of Summit just like in 1995, the parallels. These groovy looking parallels are called Ground Zero. I think putting together a set would be so cool, but would take awhile to do. Maybe something for a later on project.

Emmitt! Too bad it was a checklist though but it's still Emmitt!

When it came to my other insert pulls in the box, they were just the basic expected ones.

Inspirations was a pretty basic looking card focusing on the player who was the inspiration on it while the rest if "blued" out.

And my best pull of the box was this Turf Team insert. It's embossed and looks great. Maybe another set to chase. I just keep adding to my list.

Overall, not a bad break for the cost and definitely one I would consider again especially to chase down the inserts and parallels and fill my set.

What about your thoughts on today's break? You bust any Summit (baseball or football)? Let me know in comments!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Project Pedro Trade Recap Part 16:WALK(er) Away With This One

October has officially been named, Cards I Got From Project Pedro Blog Month.

Herschel Walker just seemed felt like an autograph I just needed to add to my collection. I had just grabbed his rookie last year and thought this would be a great duo with it.

Walker had an amazing College Hall Of Fame career but his game didn't quite translate to the pros. He played for multiple teams including my Giants and had a few good seasons but nothing like in college.
However, life outside football has been good for him. He has done many things including mixed martial arts, Olympic bobsledding, track and field, taekwondo, and ballet dancing. Herschel even won season 3 of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. Sounds like a busy guy.

Thoughts on today's card and if you watched Walker at all, what was your favorite moment of his are welcomed in comments.